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Attack!

  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 105 mins
  • PG

Summary

An American infantry lieutenant fighting in German-occupied Belgium is convinced an inept but well-connected officer is not fit for command. When his unit are wiped out after another of the officer's mistakes, the lieutenant miraculously survives and returns to base seeking revenge. Second World War drama, starring Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, Buddy Ebsen and Robert Strauss.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director Robert Aldrich didn't have much time for human aspirations, and never less so than in this US Army shocker about a cowardly captain (Eddie Albert) endangering the lives of his men during the Second World War's Battle of the Bulge. As the heroic platoon leader, Jack Palance has never been better, and neither has Lee Marvin as the colonel presiding over the whole affair. In Aldrich's macho view, war is only hell because men make it so, but his true skill is to turn these unattractive characters into convincing and understandable human beings.

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Credits

Cast

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Lieutenant CostaJack Palance
Captain CooneyEddie Albert
Colonel BartlettLee Marvin
Private BernsteinRobert Strauss
Private SnowdenRichard Jaeckel
Sergeant TolliverBuddy Ebsen
Lieutenant WoodruffWilliam Smithers
Corporal JacksonJon Shepodd
Private RicksJimmy Goodwin
Sergeant IngersolStrother Martin
SS captainPeter Van Eyck

Crew

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DirectorRobert Aldrich

Details

Theatrical distributor
G.B. Equipments Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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